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Michael Jay Danels

Divorce and separation Attorney at Greenbelt, MD

4.9   13 reviews
  • State Years
    Maryland - MD 33 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 33 years
    New York - NY 35 years
    Connecticut - CT 35 years
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1990
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1989
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1988
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1988
    Retired No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Michael

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Over twenty-seven years of experience handling divorce, custody, criminal and traffic law, and business related matters. A sampling of our clients include government employees, military and law enforcement members, doctors, nurses, mechanics, security officers, school teachers, students, electricians, computer engineers, and small businesses. We have extensive litigation experience, and provide excellent legal services for our clients.

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Law Offfices of Danels & Lardieri, P.A.
7315 Hanover Parkway
Suite D
Greenbelt, MD, 20770


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Posted by Latasha | September 21, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I would like to say a million times "thank you" to Mr. Michael Danels for being my attorney and getting me through my divorce. I hired another attorney, and he could not get the job done. I also consulted with another attorney and was insulted; however, Mr. Danels was straight to the point and EXCEEDED my expectations. He is honest, straight to the point and truly cares about his client’s well-being. Thank you, thank you and thank you Mr. Danels. Of course, my thank you extends to your wonderful staff. As a single mother, I am divorced and have sole custody of my children.
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Posted by Marc | September 1, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I have hired Attorney Danels and his partner for several different legal issues. They are sharp, professional, caring, honest, and affordable. I highly recommend this law firm to support your legal issues and concerns. Plain and simple, I trust this law firm, and they will work hard for you while keeping cost low....
Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney!
I met Mike and explained the situation and provided all required documentation. Mike discussed the course of action and ensured that my court appearance was seamlessly my favor.
Posted by Duane | June 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Michael Danels represented me in a TPO hearing. He was very organized and to the point. Michael helped clear my TPO and now I'm using him in my divorce and child custody case. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Anton | November 14, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer you can get
Michael represented me in court 4 times: twice in civil court and twice in criminal court in the same domestic violence case. To make things even more difficult I’m not a US citizen, which mean any even minor conviction will put me into immigration jail for months with subsequent deportation and loss of any immigration privileges to US forever. Michael won the first case for me, but then situation became worse as my wife have filed criminal charges regarding the same allegations of domestic violence and appealed the first civil case she lost. Michael helped to resolve civil case appeal in favorable way. Then before my criminal trial, my situation became even more complicated as because of criminal allegations my employer have terminated my contract and revoked my visa leaving me hours to leave US. So now on top of criminal charges of domestic violence I had my bond violation, and to make things even more difficult I could not even enter US to appear for my hearings, as I had no valid US visa or money to pay for the tickets. Yet Michael all by himself, managed to dismiss bond violation kept me out of bench warrant and finally got me cleared of all criminal charges without my appearance in court. I have my name cleared, and I kept my immigration privileges so I can return to my life in US some time later. Giving the circumstances it was an amazing outcome. Michael is also very professional and honest person he will never sugarcoat the situation always giving you the worst possible scenario along with his course of actions. It might be hard to deal with but it is better than keeping your hopes high and then get horribly disappointing outcome. Michael is also will never do any dirty tricks for you he doesn’t need it at all. Bottom-line If you are innocent he will get you cleared, if you are actually have commit something, he will get you the best possible outcome in the situation, just have trust in his skill and experience. It is a best lawyer you can get.
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Posted by Janet Winkey | October 8, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A true blessings
I contacted Mr. Daniels seeking assistance fighting a custody case in which cost us entirely too much money before Mr. Daniels. I contacted Mr. Danels, two months before the scheduled court date, he agreed to take my case, awesome communication, awesome job representing me. After so many years in court Mr. Danels not only made me very happy with the outcome but managed to have my case closed "satisfied" . The BEST attorney EVER!!!!!!
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Posted by Dena | July 1, 2015
Excellent Attorney with integrity
I hired Michael Danels 2 years ago to represent me in my divorce. He is very honest and told me the truth about my outcome which didn't happen the way it should have according to his experience as a divorce lawyer. I had a very unique case which stump him a lot which caused him to do a lot of research and seek advice from his colleagues. He was very responsive and kept me informed about my case. He gave good sound advice which I adhered to. His knowledge about the law and his willingness to get me the best outcome which he did was priceless. His professionalism and integrity was outstanding.
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Posted by Don | April 13, 2014
Highly Recommended
I retained Mr. Danels about 6 years ago to handle a divorce case. He was professional and knowledgable. He explained options in good detail. Most importantly, he resited getting drawn into the incessant back and forth with the adverse attorney. This approach kept billable hours reasonable and proved to be an effective strategy. Recently I retained him for an unrelated case. Although that case has not closed yet, his performance to date has been impeccable.
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Posted by Tony | May 8, 2013
Michael Jay Danels - Kick Ass Attorney that has served me well over the years
Michael Danels is a very good attorney. Over the years I have used him for divorce and separation, child custody, domestic violence, child support issues, foreclosure/short sale, and department of motor vehicle issues. Each time Mike came through when I needed him. If you need an attorney then I advise you not to play around call Mike - I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIS SERVICES.
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Posted by JFB | April 30, 2013
Great Attorney
Mike handled my divorce. He took good care of me, even when I was argumenitive. He kept his cool, got me straightened out, and then got me divorced fairly. No small feat in this case. Emails, phone calls were always answered promptly no matter what time of day or night. Mike was always prepared and ready to proceed.
Posted by ALF | April 26, 2013
Highly Recommend Michael Danels as Attorney - Experienced, Responsive, Professional, & Accessible!!!
I would like to extend my highest recommendation for Attorney Michael Danels. Mr. Danels recently represented me in my divorce case in Maryland. He was responsive to all of my concerns and requests during the ENTIRE separation/divorce process. Most importantly, he was accessible whether it was by phone, in person or via email. His response time was usually in a matter of minutes, regardless of whether it was after normal work hours or on the weekends. For court appearances, Mr. Danels provided ample preparation time and was on-time for each engagement. He also ensured that I was totally comfortable with decisions made and provided me with sufficient examples and support that further set me at ease. Mr. Danels was very knowledgeable of the courtroom officials, procedures and protocol and was able to make this portion of the process as smooth as possible. Mr. Danels fully explained the expectations along with my options. He was proactive and did not wait for me to contact him. During no time during this process was I caught "off guard" or surprised. He was very thorough with my specific case and he paid close attention to details. As a female, with very limited experience with the legal/court system, Mr. Danels acted on my behalf and made me feel confident that I would be accurately and fairly represented. From a legal standpoint, he fully minimized the amount of stress that I could have endured during this time. Without hesitation, I highly recommend Mr. Danels for his experience, expertise, professionalism, responsiveness, "office side" manner, and overall legal abilities. At the end, Mr. Danels presented a fair case on my behalf, which resulted in a successful settlement for me. Many thanks to Mr. Danels!!!!!
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Posted by Stephen | April 16, 2013
Michael Danels Outstanding litigator
Mike is a great attorney, very knowledgeable. His litigation technique impressed me so much so I added him to my legal team for custody and visitation.
Posted by anonymous | October 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
They Stuck To My Initial Goals, even when I made it difficult
Worked with both Mike and Greg and they both have keen minds. My goal was to get out of the situation affordably and assert my rights. They kept me on track even when I wanted revenge. We avoided trial but felt I'd have good representation had we gone. You may not like the legal system but don't blame them--they will provide spot on advice even if you don't like the answers. If you are reasonable they will work hard for you. I get the sense they want to avoid unnecessary drama, difficult clients or revengeful ones--at a certain point, it's not worth the money. Be good to them, and they'll treat you right. Remember, they are there to show you the opposing side view, and to test you. So, be assertive on what you need and want. They will provide realistic feedback and what you need to know (not want to hear). If your goal is affordable (relatively speaking) yet very good quality representation use them, but don't expect to be coddled. They are efficient and no-frills, and some may misinterpret this but it's their way to save you money and grief in the long run! Go to the library and educate yourself on process so it doesn't seem so bewildering. Don't hesitate to them ask questions though. I give them 4.6 stars--not perfect but damn close (because I'm a tough grader).
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  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-33%
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.8 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Law Offices Of Danels & Lardieri, PA
  • 1994 - Present


  • Quinnipiac School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987


  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • 1990 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Legal Scholar
  • Quinnipiac School Of Law
  • 1987

Speaking Engagements

  • Prince Georges County bar Association
  • Marital Property
  • 2015
  • Priince Georges County Family Bar Association
  • Custody
  • 2014
  • Prince George's County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Domestic Violence
  • 2013
  • House Of Ruth training
  • Domestic Violence
  • 2011
  • House Of Ruth training
  • Domestic Violence
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (1)
Endorse Michael
Family Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is a great lawyer with an excellent reputation among lawyers and judges in the community. About 17 years ago I was tasked with locating a family law lawyer for someone very important to me. I asked numerous lawyers and a few judges. Mike's name kept coming up. After the referral the client was very happy with Mike's services. His reputation as an honest and capable lawyer is well deserved."
Family Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mike Danels is an excellent attorney. I endorse him without hesitation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Danels is diligent in representing his client's interest."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mike Danels is a highly experienced and knowledgeable attorney in all areas of family law and criminal law. His is greatly respected amongst his peers for his no nonsense and fair approach to handling cases and in always dealing with opposing counsel in a fair and ethical manner. He is a highly skilled litigator and great trial lawyer - I strongly endorse this lawyer!"

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Greenbelt Divorce and separation Lawyer Michael Jay Danels
Michael Jay Danels
Divorce and separation Attorney
Greenbelt, MD
Licensed for 35 years